12th September 2001, 18:45
M5 Guru (>2000 posts)
As to the brand most recommend, I'd stick with the Michelins! If you search on "tires" on this site, you'll find many who have tried other non-OEM options have returned to the Pilot Sports.
I think the Bridgestone Pole Position S-02s were most comparable to the Michelins in overall performance, but they've since been replaced by PP S-03s. The S-03s have compromised some of their dry-weather performance for treadlife and wet performance, and the consensus seems to be that they've lost quite a bit of their performance edge.
A great resource for actual user/customer feedback can be found at :
Keep in mind that the more miles driven on a particular brand, the more reliable the ratings are likely to be.
I know that doesn't resolve your sourcing issue, but it should at least help you make a better informed decision.
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